Sunday, 12 August 2012

The New Guys - Rene Gilmartin

Who is he?

A 25-year-old goalkeeper, capped at U-19 and U-21 level by the Republic of Ireland.

Where’s he come from?

Gilmartin arrives at Home Park after being released by Watford at the end of last season. The 6ft 5in Dubliner made seven league and cup appearances in his two years at Vicarage Road.

And before that?

Rene signed for Walsall in 2005 and made his debut as a 17-year-old, eventually racking up 38 appearances for the Saddlers.  He rejected the offer of a new contract to make the switch to the Hornets in 2010.

Watford, eh?  Isn’t that Scott Loach fairly handy?

Indeed he is.  With the England U-21 ‘keeper firmly established as the first choice between the sticks, Gilmartin found his opportunities at Vicarage Road to be few and far between. A handful of cup appearances for Watford during 2010-11 were followed by two loan spells last season, at Yeovil and Crawley.

And now he’s joined Argyle?

Yep.  Fletch and Ro had already had Gilmartin scouted, with the writing on the wall for the big Irishman at Watford.  After receiving a glowing reference from former Yeovil teammate Paul Wotton, they snapped him up at the start of July.

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